“Prayer & Fasting”

Heard this in my spirit when contemplating some circumstances.

Jesus says, “this kind goes out only by prayer & fasting.” (Matt 17:21)

Do you try to look beyond circumstances? Because in the Spirit God’s doing far greater things than the part of the picture we see (1 Corinthians 13:12).

My Utmost for His Highest, October 3rd, “When you are brought face to face with a difficult situation and nothing happens externally, you can still know that freedom and release will be given because of your continued concentration on Jesus Christ…face it and get through it into the presence of Jesus Christ. Then that very problem itself, and all that you have been through in connection with it, will glorify Jesus Christ in a way that you will never know until you see Him face to face.”

***Please ask your Pastor before beginning a fast***

My former church proclaimed corporate fasts for the new year and other special occasions. 

Recently, the Lord led me to fasting and praying on Saturdays. Usually it’s sporadic lasting one to three days. I drink tea in the morning, then water during the day and whenever the hunger pangs arise.  Reading the Word and devotionals, singing worship songs and praying, going about the day.

  • James 4:8 (NKJV), “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
  • Matthew 6:16-18, Jesus says, “When you fast…”
  • Isaiah 58, “…is this not the fast that I have chosen:…to let the oppressed go free…”

 

 

God Wants You to be Free

Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

There’s no question about it.  Jesus came and died for your sins to be forgiven and give freedom and abundant, eternal life.  Align your thoughts to King Jesus and your body will follow.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV).

Happy Independence Day America! Our country is based on freedom – read it and live it.

Out of the House of Slavery

Deuteronomy 5:6, “I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”

This verse knocked my socks off when it was preached a few weeks ago, it has many implications.  God’s freed us from all types of bondage.  Gulp, He did it.  Thank You Daddy God.  Freed us from darkness, from being a slave to sin.

Genesis 18:14 (KJV), “Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”

Galatians 5:1 (NIV), “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Isaiah 61:1 (NIV), “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners.”

 

 

The Truth Hurts

but it frees from what really is destroying you.  “The truth will make you free,” Jesus says in John 8:32. Let His truth penetrate you.

I asked God to take the desire for alcohol from me, the need to escape.  He did, He lifted the oppression off and I was and am free from it.

God is my Deliverer.  I only had to ask for Him to remove the desire. Before this, I denied having a problem.  Though I didn’t hide it from others, the reason I drank was controlling me.  Addiction has a way of making its own sin in other areas of your life.

Thank You, Jesus.

You also healed my addiction to a t.v. show about the same time.  I knew it was wrong & it didn’t glorify You.  

“They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.” 2 Peter 2:19 (NLT).

Get Out of Jail Free

“I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” Isaiah 42:6-7 (NIV).

The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” reads Jesus in Luke 4:19 (NIV).

The truth shall set you free” says Jesus in John 8:32. “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” Jesus says in John 8:36 (NKJV).

Galatians 2:20 (KJV), ” I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

James 1:25 (NIV), “But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”

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Lifted Oppression

“Your God, Whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” Daniel 6:16.

Psalm 25:15 (NKJV), “My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
For He shall pluck my feet out of the net.”

“But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
    “The Lord is great!”

But as for me, I am poor and needy;
    may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my Deliverer;
    you are my God, do not delay.” Psalm 40:16-17 (NIV).

103:6 (NKJV), “The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.

 

“Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.” Psalm 119:134 (KJV).

Jesus says, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you,” Matt 7:7 (NLT).

There is Freedom

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the meek; He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted; to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound” Isaiah 61:1

King Jesus,

You are on your throne, but You see us and hear us.  You dwell with us as You say You do.  You are sorrowful for all the pain we feel.  You’re with us through our pain and in our joy in this life and in eternal life.

Please comfort the hurting in Las Vegas right now.  Give strength for the emergency workers, law enforcement and the medical staffs, dear Lord.  Please provide Your peace for all the hurting and all those who lost family members and friends.  You don’t want anyone to perish, but You want all to come to You.

Where can we go and be safe?  Not even on a concert lawn?  People enjoying the freedom this country prides itself in, are killed.  It’s not fair.  Dear Lord, please help us.